The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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The UK's immigration laws have prevented Dara Singh from seeing his family for a decade. His is one of many sad stories...
Current affairs 1978 9 mins
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Foundry worker Dara Singh spends twelve back breaking hours a day at work and sends as much money home to his family in the Punjab as he can. He's not seen them for ten years because UK immigration denied them entry. The Coventry MP William Wilson outlines tales of heartache from across the Midlands. None tug the heart strings more than the man who, years before DNA testing was discovered, is unable to prove his son really is his boy.
South Asian Britain on Film
1976 49 mins Location: Bradford
Meet Mohamed Fazal Hussain, elder statesman and all-round Mr Fixit of Bradford's Muslim community, and a film mogul in the making...
News 1980 2 mins Location: Sidmouth
A Sri Lankan dance troop enthrals folk festival goers.
Indian 11th Republic Day Celebrations at Leicester Indian 11th Republic Day Celebrations at Leicester
News 1959 1 mins Silent Location: Leicester
Samosas sit alongside sandwiches as India's Republic Day is celebrated in fine style in Leicester.
News 1976 4 mins Location: Peterborough
Peterborough's Playbus offers a fun and welcoming space for ethnic minority families to improve their English language skills.
News 1980 2 mins Location: Peterborough
Isolation can be a problem for South Asians, especially for women. A new cultural centre in Peterborough is hoping to change that.
News 1979 5 mins Location: Wolverhampton
Will the 'House of Cards' be the sanctuary that the elderly Asian men of Wolverhampton need?
Magazine and Review show 1985 8 mins Location: Kinver
From the temple to the hospital Kartar Singh is a leading practitioner of Sikhism.
News 1979 4 mins Location: West Bromwich
An attempt to close a loophole in the immigration system raises questions about the sustainability of arranged marriages in Western culture.
Magazine and Review show 1986 7 mins Location: West Bromwich
Bringing the tastes of Montego Bay to a wintry West Bromwich.
Amateur film 1937 10 mins Silent Location: West Bromwich
Street parties, parades and those all important Union flags are in abundance as the people of West Bromwich come together to mark the Coronation of a new King in 1937.
Magazine and Review show 1985 8 mins Location: Sparkbrook
Labour, Tory or Alliance - where does the political allegiance of the West Midlands Chinese community lie?
Comic Pictures in High Street, West Bromwich (1902) Comic Pictures in High Street, West Bromwich (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent Location: West Bromwich
Boisterous Edwardian lads jostle for a place in front of the camera in the West Midlands town.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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